Australian International Hotel School

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Australian International Hotel School
Established 1995
Type Private hotel school
Location Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Campus Hotel Kurrajong, Barton
Affiliations Laureate Hospitality Education;

The Australian International Hotel School (AIHS) is a university-level provider of hotel management education, located in Canberra, Australia’s Capital. The school was founded in 1995 in close affiliation with Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

The AIHS is part of Laureate Hospitality Education.[citation needed]

In 2005 the AIHS was acquired by the Blue Mountains International Hotel School.[1]


AIHS was founded in 1995.[citation needed]

The Hotel Kurrajong has been a part of the school from its beginning, being one of the few hospitality schools in the world – and the only school in the Southern Hemisphere – which operates its own commercial hotel on-site.

Designed in 1924 by the Commonwealth’s Chief Architect, John Smith Murdoch, who also designed Parliament House and the Hotel Canberra (now the Park Hyatt), the Hotel Kurrajong is an example of early Commonwealth architecture, influenced by the Prairie style of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and visionary planner of Canberra, Walter Burley Griffin.[citation needed]

In September 2005, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) Pty Ltd acquired operation of AIHS and a 10-year lease on the Hotel Kurrajong. In November 2008, AIHS and the BMIHMS was acquired by Laureate Education Inc, becoming part of a global education network of 43 universities with over 550,000 current higher education students.[2]

Academic Structure[edit]

AIHS offers one postgraduate program:

  • Master of Hotel Management

This graduate program is for graduates with a degree in another discipline who have decided to make a career change to the global hospitality and tourism industry. The Masters comprises Certificate and Diploma programs plus an additional six months of academic study, including practical requirement, culminating in the Master in Hotel Management.[citation needed]


AIHS is located in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

AIHS operates its own commercial hotel on-campus, the Hotel Kurrajong, where students receive training. The Hotel Kurrajong has 26 rooms, a brasserie style restaurant, terrace dining, bar and function rooms.[3]


AIHS holds national and state accreditation within Australia, including:

  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (National level)[citation needed]
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Department of Education & Training (State level)[citation needed]

AIHS is accredited by the following organisations for benchmarking purposes:


AIHS is a founding member of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Membership includes world-leading universities, private hotels and vocational colleges.[citation needed]

The role of THE-ICE [4] has been to recognise, develop and promote excellence in tourism, hotel and event education. Member institutions have had their qualifications and programs reviewed by an independent panel of assessors to ensure that they meet Standards of Excellence.

External links[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Laureate International Universities Media Release
  3. ^ Hotel Kurrajong
  4. ^ THE-ICE Website

Coordinates: 35°18′25″S 149°08′02″E / 35.307°S 149.134°E / -35.307; 149.134